Good morning folks. The Raptors have finally broken the curse. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs
(1) Bucks – 94 @ (2) Raptors – 100 (TOR wins 4-2)
- For the first time since the team’s conception back in 1995, the Toronto Raptors are going to the NBA Finals where they’ll take on the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. Game 1 tips off this Thursday (you can find the entire Finals schedule below).
- The Game 6 win didn’t come easy for the Raptors. The Milwaukee Bucks led nearly the entire first half and controlled a double-digit lead throughout the majority of the third quarter. The Bucks were rolling through the first 30ish minutes of this game. Eric Bledsoe had perhaps his best outing of the series, playing great defense and making several plays with the ball in his hands throughout. He finished with only eight points on 3-9 shooting (the Raptors were able to bait him into yet another missed, wide-open triple) but was hardly the reason Milwaukee faltered in crunch time. Bledsoe also added five rebounds and seven assists. Giannis Anteotkounmpo posted 21 points and 11 rebounds. But outside of a couple of impressive makes from deep, the Greek Freak was swallowed whole by the Toronto defense, most notably late in the third and into the fourth quarter. His patented spin move was rendered utterly useless against the Raptors brick wall in the paint.
- But one individual won this game for the Raptors. And his name is Kawhi Leonard. The former Finals MVP recorded 27 points, 17 rebounds, and seven assists in the biggest game of the year. Leonard scored eight points in the final two minutes of the third quarter that cut the Bucks lead to only five heading into the final frame. From there, the Raptors swarmed Anteotkounmpo every time he touched the ball and let Leonard win the game for them on the offensive end.
- In the midst of a 26-3 Raptors run during the second half, Leonard nearly blew the entire country of Canada straight off the map when he dunked left-handed on top of Antetokounmpo.
KAWHI COMING DOWN THE LANE
WATCH OUT GIANNIS pic.twitter.com/jyKbnL6QLN
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 26, 2019
- ”It was kind of a momentum capper,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said about the dunk. ”We were on a run, and why not feed the big dog? Let the big dog eat.”
- Pascal Siakam added 18 points for the Raptors while Lowry contributed another 17 to go along with Fred VanVleet’s 14.
- I’ll be back soon to preview the Finals matchup between the Raptors and Warriors. It should make for an exciting series.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||94-100 L @ TOR||8||3-9 (1-3)||5||7||1||0||2||-10||30|
|Jodie Meeks (TOR)||100-94 W vs. MIL||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|